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Old October 29th, 2007, 03:22 PM   #1
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which of these two would be best to build and wheel and why? looking to buy one, not sure which to get. how about power, lift kits, types of suspension, accessories? is one better than the other? thanks in advance.
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Old October 29th, 2007, 10:02 PM   #2
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The samurai has a 1.3l 8v engine thats weaker than the trackers. It has a solid axle up front with leaf springs all around.

The tracker, depending on the year, can have a 1.6l 8v, 1.6l 16v, and even bigger motors on the newer ones. They have a independent front suspension that uses struts. The rear uses coil springs.

Personally, I'd say get whatever you can find. The samurais are harder to find.
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Old October 29th, 2007, 11:25 PM   #3
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What are your plans for it?


Strictly trail/offroad = samurai

Street and Dunes = Tracker
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Old October 30th, 2007, 01:18 PM   #4
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how and what you plan to build it for are huge factors,

I'm tossing up the same question, I have 2 of each to start with, :tonka: and a set of Toyota axles I plan to use with which ever.
since I plan to eliminate the stock front axle, the IFS of the tracker does not scare me, the tracker also has more modern things, the bigger motor, and a little more shoulder room, plus it was cheaper then the sami,
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Old October 30th, 2007, 10:25 PM   #5
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im building a tracker...
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Old March 29th, 2008, 09:04 AM   #6
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ive got a tracker now, but looking for a sammy, the difference between the two are as follows: tracker, IFS,but struts up front dont have springs on them :) EFI (multi-port or TBI) i perfer the 8 valve oppose to the 16 vin code U, a decent 3" lift goes for $1000, great for 32-33's, they do quite well in the mud easy vehicle to maintain but not much power. hard or soft tops
Sammy: solid axle front and rear, leaf springs= cheaper lifts, harder to find as said above, smaller engine, carb or FI, easier to lift, more articulation, can convert to v-8, axle swaps with little fabrication, hard or soft tops available
BOTH: Great gas milage either way but with bigger tires regear it.
those are my thoughts
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Old November 14th, 2008, 09:31 PM   #7
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I run a '97 Tracker. 1.25 coil spring lift, 2" body lift, 245/70/16's (29") all terrains, 16v, Calmini header (worth every penny) 2"exhaust,Rugged Ridge manual hubs, Cragar 16" soft eight wheels, K&N open filter, replumbed up to the firewall. Had some issues due to my own tinkering, but got it runnin good now. I drive 80 miles round trip to work every day with it. Getting 25-27 mpg with all the mods. Cruises great at 70 mph. Have wheeled with that four lettered vehicle (J**P) on the trails and can hang with them thru most stuff. And make it thru what some of the bigger trucks can't. Climbs hills like a mountaingoat. I am very pleased with the cababilities of that little SUV. It is like having your cake AND eating it to!
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buy a JEEP




























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built corectly they both can be good.

I think orionn on this bord still has a sammi for sale realy clean.
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Old November 15th, 2008, 07:42 PM   #9
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I think orionn on this bord still has a sammi for sale realy clean.

Nope some dude bought and it was promptly dismantled and recycled via e-bay
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Old November 29th, 2008, 11:43 AM   #10
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which of these two would be best to build and wheel and why? looking to buy one, not sure which to get. how about power, lift kits, types of suspension, accessories? is one better than the other? thanks in advance.
It all depends on what your long term goals are. If you plan to run tires bigger then 32" tall and plan to upgrade to toy or d44 axles & do "mostly" trail duty with it then I would definately go with a Tracker. The biggest reason is powerplant, fuel injection, and being newer. also keep in mind the 99 & newer Tracker/Vitaras are coming way down in price too. And like a few said above you can wheel/daily drive a Tracker pretty comfortably with a few add-ons until you gather up your axles and suspension bits to do a solid axle swap. If I had to do it over again I would have saved quite a bit of money starting out with a Tracker. I recently bought a '00 4dr. Tracker with a 2.0 & a stick for daily driving use with the idea to one day do a solid axle swap to it when my oldest son is ready for his own rig.
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Old November 29th, 2008, 03:53 PM   #11
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It all depends on what your long term goals are. If you plan to run tires bigger then 32" tall and plan to upgrade to toy or d44 axles & do "mostly" trail duty with it then I would definately go with a Tracker. The biggest reason is powerplant, fuel injection, and being newer. also keep in mind the 99 & newer Tracker/Vitaras are coming way down in price too. And like a few said above you can wheel/daily drive a Tracker pretty comfortably with a few add-ons until you gather up your axles and suspension bits to do a solid axle swap. If I had to do it over again I would have saved quite a bit of money starting out with a Tracker. I recently bought a '00 4dr. Tracker with a 2.0 & a stick for daily driving use with the idea to one day do a solid axle swap to it when my oldest son is ready for his own rig.
well i bought a '92 tracker in the beginning of summer. 2" lift, 235 a/t's, header and cold air intake. this 4x4 will go almost anywhere, quite capable. i am very impressed with it. i ran it on the dunes about two dozen times and beat the snot out of it and didnt have one part fail!
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Old November 29th, 2008, 04:43 PM   #12
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well i bought a '92 tracker in the beginning of summer. 2" lift, 235 a/t's, header and cold air intake. this 4x4 will go almost anywhere, quite capable. i am very impressed with it. i ran it on the dunes about two dozen times and beat the snot out of it and didnt have one part fail!
buy my tracker chassis and then you can really go anywhere.
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buy my tracker chassis and then you can really go anywhere.
i am interested in your roll bars/cage, if you still have. i just need to off some more parts and i'll get a hold of you. thanks, tom
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Old December 13th, 2008, 09:12 AM   #14
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Someone looking for a zuke? My wife might let me sell one..
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Buy the tracker, chevy engines provide way more horespower
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Buy the tracker, chevy engines provide way more horespower
What is "horespower"?
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This thread is over three years old!!!
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What is "horespower"?
thats the stuff that gets ya through the mud and the ruts.
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This thread is over three years old!!!
So what, they still sell trackers they are just like jeeps.
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Old December 18th, 2011, 03:17 PM   #20
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So what, they still sell trackers they are just like jeeps.
chevy engine huh? my 99 had a zuk motor
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